Lights, Camera, Action… Not exactly, but if there is action, its an intruder. Since 1990, residential burglaries have been decreasing in the United States from 2,033,000 to 1,127,000 in 2009 (US Census, 2012). While any decrease in crime is a good thing, you should not believe that it would not happen to you. The need for enhanced home security has become vital not only to protect your possessions, but also to protect your most valuable assets your family.
As technology advances, business are finding more ways to leverage what were once considered disparate systems e.g. home security systems, garage door openers, thermostats, etc. into integrated home automation and security systems that can be accessed from any computer or smart device. Imagine opening your garage door from the office to let in a handyman or unlocking the front door to let a delivery person pick up or drop off a package, or turning on lights in different rooms while you are in Paris, or controlling the thermostat to warm the house up while you are at 35,000 feet flying back from Paris, or to simply turn on the alarm system.
Today’s security systems not only monitor access points like doors and windows censors, but now include live video monitoring, smoke, carbon monoxide, motion and glass break censors, door locks, moisture detection and water shut off, and appliance monitoring.
While most of this technology has been around for years, there are new companies entering the industry like AT&T that will change the way we look at home security through the companies largest initiative AT&T Digital Life. A unique, all digital wireless home automation and security system that will allow customers regardless of the wireless carrier or broadband provider to remotely control various aspect of their homes from a smartphone, PC, or tablet from virtually anywhere.
The home of today, may not be as advanced as the home of the George and Judy Jetson’s in the future, but technology is getting there. With a home security and automation system, you can bring your house to a whole new level.